DC witnessed Trump‘s “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebrations held in front of the Lincoln Memorial last night.
Did I watch it? No. I’d rather have unnecessary elective surgery. But Trump apparently read most of his Independence Day speech from a teleprompter and at one point said of the fighting force created by the Continental Congress in 1775,
“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports…”
As if it needs to be said,
THERE WAS NO AIR TRAVEL IN THE 18TH CENTURY!
His full remarks in context were;
“In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, commander in chief. The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown.
Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant.”
NOTE: The battle at Fort McHenry that inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner was during the War of 1812, NOT the American Revolution.
Andy Borowitz nailed a response with his usual on-target satire,
“Trump thanks Betsy DeVos for factchecking his July 4th speech.”
But what are facts when you are Donald Trump? Just more #FakeNews (More like #DrunkHistory)
The dumbest ever. I mean, since fucking Jamestown. The “Rockets’ Red GLARE” not FLARE…was the war of 1812, not the 4th of July, and there were no airports OR airplanes. Who in God’s name is writing this crap for this washed-up psycho?? https://t.co/gYHGEWWzpT— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) July 5, 2019
(Photo, screen grab; via MSN)